Fishery jobs in Australia are declining, but they’re still a key part of the economy, a new report has found.
Key points:The report, from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, said Australia’s seafood industry employs some 10.8 million people, down by 2.2% from 2013The report found the employment rate for fishers in Australia’s waters has declined by 4.1% since 2013There are now just 2.5 million fish and seafood workers in the Australian fishery, down from 2.9 million in 2013 and 5.2 million in 2008The report looked at employment and wages in the industry from 2007 to 2019, the first year for which data is available.
“The main drivers of the decline in fishery jobs have been the shift in fishers to offshore fishing and the introduction of other fishery management measures, including caps and quota, which have reduced the opportunities for employment,” the report said.
The report said the industry’s workforce fell from 10.7 million in 2007 to 10.4 million in 2019.
But it said the overall numbers of people working in the sector had increased from 10 million in 2012 to 10 million people in 2019, a total of 10.5million people.
It said the number of fishers employed in Australia has dropped by 4% over the last four years.
“In 2019, there were 932,500 fishers working in Australian waters, down 2.1%.
This compares with 931,400 in 2015 and 932 and 2.3 million in 2016,” the analysis found.
The employment rate among fishers had also declined from 74.9% in 2007, the report found.
It found that the proportion of fishery workers in Australia with jobs fell from 64.3% in 2011 to 64.0% in 2019 and was also down by 0.7% from the 2008 figure.
In the period 2008 to 2019 there were an average of 2,812 fishers a day employed in Australian fishing waters, the analysis said.
“Fisheries and fishery managers are making significant efforts to increase the employment of fisher’s and fishers managers.
However, the overall trend is downward,” the study said.
Topics:economics-and-finance,economy,work,australiaFirst posted September 24, 2019 12:41:35More stories from New South Wales